DVD - 2017
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On August first, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. This documentary combines archival footage with animated re-enactments of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes, and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2017]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
DVD video,NTSC
widescreen (1.78:1)
digital,optical,5.1 surround,2.0 stereo,Dolby digital
4 3/4 in.,stamping
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD 364.15097 TOW


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Jan 31, 2018

Well made documentary melding archival footage w animation, completely engaging, but when it was over, I wondered what I gained from watching it.

Jan 26, 2018

what a refreshing way to display facts from the 60's using some animation that really enhances the old footage in black and white
a success route for upcoming documentaries....very creative and absorbing

Sep 17, 2017

Two words: Simply brilliant.

There were many victims in that story; but there were also genuine, unsung heroes, among whom Rita Starpattern.

Sep 06, 2017

This a unique looking documentary about the mass murder at the University of Texas where a sniper opened fire for over an hour from the clock tower onto the passersby on the campus. The film's graphics is a mixture of live footage and animation that portrayed the event and people on that fateful day in 1966. With different people telling their story of that day,you get a feel for the terror and powerlessness students and others felt while taking cover,lying wounded and pushed to acts of heroism in the face of constant gunfire to save others or stop the sniper themselves.

Jun 03, 2017

Engaging documentary that utilizes rotoscoped images to tell the story of the 1966 University of Texas sniper attack. The format of animation mixed with live action does not detract from the effectiveness of this film in telling the story. In many cases, it enhances it. The events are concisely presented in 80 minutes and the film leaves no time for the viewer to rest. I am of the generation that lived through this horrendous attack, so I was familiar with the story. However, I had no idea of the genuinely selfless acts of some of the key players in this moment in history. If you label basketball players and music stars as your heroes, watch this and see what true heroism is all about. I've been highly recommending this film to everyone I know.

Apr 17, 2017

It's really creative and gorgeous how they combine the audio of interviews and audio at the time of the shooting with the animation. My friend (who saw it with me) is still talking about the song choices throughout the documentary. You can't take your eyes away from this movie. Highly recommend for documentary fans and for those who don't usually stray to the non-fiction video aisle.


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Jan 26, 2018

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.


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